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Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of Catholicism in the Philippines

“…500 years have passed since the Christian message first arrived in the Philippines. You received the joy of the Gospel... And this joy is evident in your people … We see it in your eyes, on your faces, in your songs and in your prayers. In the joy with which you bring your faith to other lands …”

~ Pope Francis said in his homily of the Mass at the Vatican on March 14, formally opening the yearlong celebrations marking the 500th anniversary of Catholicism’s arrival in the Philippines.

A country of 7,641 islands at the sea of southeast Asia with a population of 109 million, of which more than 10 million are migrants living in almost 100 countries across the world.

Why the Pope calls Filipinos “smugglers of faith”? What makes the local Church so unique?

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Archdiocese of Tharae-Nongsaeng

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The Archdiocese of Tharae Nongsaeng is located in Sakon Nakhon Province, northeast of Thailand. It covers an area of 25,447 square kilometers and four provinces 

-- Kalasin, Mukdahan, Nakhon Phanom and Sakon Nakhon.

The archdiocese has three suffragan dioceses 

-- Nakhon Ratchasima, Ubon Ratchathani and Udon Thani 

-- all of them in the northeast of Thailand.

History

The archdiocese has a long history. It dates back to the Apostolic Vicariate of Laos, which was established on May 4 1899, responsible for all of northeast Thailand and modern-day Laos. The seat of the vicariate was at Nongsaeng village, Nakhon Phanom province. In 1938, the northern part was carved out to form the Apostolic Prefecture of Vientiane and Luang-Prabang. After the independence of Laos in 1949, the vicariate was split again, on Dec. 21 1950. The Laotian part became the Apostolic Prefecture of Thakhek, while the Thai part became the Apostolic Vicariate of Tharae. In 1960, it was renamed Vicariate Apostolic of Tharae and Nongsaeng, and elevated to an archdiocese on Dec. 18, 1965. 

The website of Tharae Nongsaeng Archdiocese is available (only in Thai) at:www.genesis.in.thThe archdiocese has a long history. It dates back to the Apostolic Vicariate of Laos, which was established on May 4 1899, responsible for all of northeast Thailand and modern-day Laos. The seat of the vicariate was at Nongsaeng village, Nakhon Phanom province. In 1938, the northern part was carved out to form the Apostolic Prefecture of Vientiane and Luang-Prabang. After the independence of Laos in 1949, the vicariate was split again, on Dec. 21 1950. The Laotian part became the Apostolic Prefecture of Thakhek, while the Thai part became the Apostolic Vicariate of Tharae. In 1960, it was renamed Vicariate Apostolic of Tharae and Nongsaeng, and elevated to an archdiocese on Dec. 18, 1965. 

The website of Tharae Nongsaeng Archdiocese is available (only in Thai) at:www.genesis.in.th

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